Ensign crane

I’ve never been a fan of flying the ensign from a staff raised up the mizzen; for a start, it always felt clumsy, and the ensign itself would always get tangled in the spare antenna and hide the stern light. I’d seen alternatives out and about on the water, as sort of crane affair which…

Cornish Yawl Facebook group

Quite a few Cornish Yawls have changed hands recently, and the new owners seem very keen to join in with a renaissance of these lovely boats. To enable sharing of knowledge of the Cornish Yawl I’ve set up an open Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/groups/cornishyawl/ You do need a Facebook account to join, but so many people do…

Condensation

Last winter, our first, proved one thing; it gets wet in the cabin overnight when it’s cold outside and there are people breathing on the inside. It’s a problem which needed sorting before our second winter. The Cornish Yawl has a quarter berth, or junk berth. Ours is a junk berth for the obvious reason,…

Kindred Spirit

Kindred Spirit used to belong to Pete, a guy I met in Yarmouth a few years ago. That meeting was my first encounter with a Cornish Yawl. She was traditional looking, and came with lots of string. Later that year, 2012, Pete had a spare berth for a trip from Southampton to Cherbourg and back,…

Parents’ week – 19th to 26th July

What’s the point of having a floating caravan if you can’t let your parents use it? That was my thought anyway, so on the day after Nicky and Sye cycled to Mylor my parents, Iris and Tony, arrived to join us. The plan was that Lucy would be moored alongside the eastern pontoon for the…

It’s been a year since we first met

It was a year ago today that Nicky and I travelled to Cornish Crabbers, in Rock, to see Lucy for the first time. She looked lost and unwanted in their shed. I’m so glad that we ended up with her, and we recently spent a fortnight on her in and around Falmouth. I’m working on…

Bow stickers

When Lucy was reborn we had to remove her original Cornish Yawl stickers so that the starboard side could be repainted. At the time I was uncertain as to what to do; should I have ‘Lucy’, ‘Cornish Yawl’, or just leave it all blank. Obviously, leaving it blank was the place to begin, but I…